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in 365 days. with no presidential election, no stimulus programs on the horizon and healthcare reform upheld, 2013 should be smooth sailing for the economy, right? to almost no one's surprise, it's not that simple. despite that, in our cover story, we found a few people willing to stick their necks out and share with us their predictions. most everyone we found had reason for measured optimism. housing prices, for example, are going up. "there's hope that you can climb out. that's just a game- changer." and that opens up housing- related investment, which in turn may help stocks. "i see certain sectors helping the stock market. i see that true of the housing sector. look at real estate, look at building supplies, things that have been down in the past." as for jobs, john challenger says though the economy has been adding an average of 150,000 jobs a month, we may not need that many to make unemployment itself go down. the reason - baby boomers. "there are many more baby boomers retiring, so we don't need nearly as many new jobs as we did a decade ago." as for overseas trade, china's e
's re-election fund. and the post office is pushing up the price of a stamp by one penny to 46 cents starting sunday. scott shellady of trean group joins us this morning for a closer look at the markets. we have to talk about this 1500 in the s&p 500. when will this finally hold here, scott? > > it is not going to take very long. it is not going to take very long for one big reason: we've got to listen to what the fed is telling us. the fed is telling us that they are going to continue to print money. these pullbacks are going to be shallow. you are not going to see that 5-10% pullback i think a lot of guys are waiting for, so it will be within the next two or three weeks, and away we go again. > what do you think about this north korea threat? how is that affecting oil prices? > > i think folks want to blame some of the price of oil on it right now because of that, but ultimately at the end of the day we have got a decent economy now that is slowly but surely- i am not going to say it's great- but it is better than it was, and i think that's helping that oil price, and i think that
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